A name switch up can be for many reasons, but Tapz fka Young Tapz has simply grown up. His latest release titled ‘Run Don’t Run’ follows a feature on Hermitude’s colossal 2015 crossover hit ‘The Buzz’ which has gone on to amass in excess of 40 million plays on Spotify alone – a staggering figure for an artist’s inaugural feature. Following the heat bubbling online, TAPZ went on to self-release his debut solo single ‘Killa’ which received international attention via Zane Lowe on Beats 1. ‘Killa’ currently sits on close to two million plays on Spotify.
‘Run Don’t Run’ further acquaints us with TAPZ’s unique brand of forward-thinking noir’n’b. Crunching, sinister production laced by TAPZ’s uncompromising energy coarse throughout the track. ‘Run Don’t Run’ is further proof of his previous successes being no fluke.
According to TAPZ, growing up in post-colonial Wedza, a rural district of Zimbabwe, was a “beautiful nightmare”.“I don’t remember sitting down playing video games because there was so much to do,” explains TAPZ. There wasn’t much access to music, either. On rare occasions, his family would gather around TV to see Michael Jackson, “He was like a super hero to me!” he exclaims.
His parents moved his family from Zimbabwe when TAPZ was 10 years old because the political climate became too dangerous. “They left everything to give me everything. ‘Run Don’t Run’ is a note to self; a reminder. In the context of my vision, I must leave everything to give everything. The video is a visual representation of my journey to find fearlessness in a system where we are taught to run and to act without question.”
With a story beyond the lengths of this simple writeup, we encourage you to dig more and escape into Tapz’s ‘Run Don’t Run’ below.